Creating a Website: The Missing Manual

Creating a Website: The Missing Manual
By Matthew MacDonald

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You can easily create a professional-looking website with nothing more than an ordinary computer and some raw ambition. Want to build a blog, sell products, create forums, or promote an event? No problem! This friendly, jargon-free book gives you the techniques, tools, and advice you need to build a site and get it up on the Web.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Master the basics. Learn HTML5, the language of the Web.
  • Design good-looking pages. Use styles to build polished layouts.
  • Get it online. Find a reliable web host and pick a good web address.
  • Use time-saving tools. Learn free tools for creating web pages and tracking your visitors.
  • Attract visitors. Make sure people can find your site through popular search engines like Google.
  • Build a community. Encourage repeat visits with social media.
  • Bring in the cash. Host Google ads, sell Amazon’s wares, or push your own products that people can buy via PayPal.
  • Add pizzazz. Include audio, video, interactive menus, and a pinch of JavaScript.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #336405 in Books
  • Published on: 2015-07-03
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.17" h x 1.25" w x 7.01" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 622 pages

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Matthew MacDonald is a developer, author, and educator in all things Visual Basic and .NET. He's worked with Visual Basic and ASP since their initial versions, and has written over a dozen books on the subject, including The Book of VB .NET (No Starch Press) and Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook (O'Reilly). He has also written a number of Missing Manual titles on Excel 2007 and Access 2007 (O’Reilly). His website is

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5Excellent All In One Reference for Website Design
By Robin T. Wernick
I have been designing web sites for four years and I have collected over a dozen books on website design. Only one other comes close to being this clear and comprehensive as an introductory manual. It is much improved over the 2011 version too.
It covers the entire process of website design, selecting a development tool, finding a provider, an introduction to html programming, and finally, dealing with AJAX and JavaScript interaction with the website.
There is a goodly amount of material concerning the details of successfully completing each step in the process. I learned several things that I hadn't seen in reading website design books for four years. Even at this late date it has made me a better website programmer and I recommend it for all beginning website designers.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
4Creating a Website: The Missing Manual by Mathew MacDonald
By CDP's Onceagain habit of purchasing
I ordered and received this book, in about four days. I and my daughter want to create our own websites and sell our products. We have a lot to learn at this time, as I have not created a web page since I used Microsoft Publisher in years past. This book is about 600 pages, counting the index in the back which is helpful and includes HTML Semantic Elements & Character Entities in the Appendix. The 4 parts of the book and from creating a webpage in Part 1, the chapters flow from a basic introduction and then the HTML language is inserted so you can create that first page on your computer, that will be the beginning of your website and included therein. There is a lot to start learning, but if that 20 year old with all the facial hair and tattoos can learn it, so can I. Good luck to me and if I find this book as helpful as it seems with my first reading, I will come back and give it another star. I like it so far and have learned a lot in my beginnings of developing my own website.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Extensive, expansive...and recommended.
You are quite likely to get more than you bargained for in this book, and for once, that's a good thing.

We all know Web sites, or think we do. I picked up this book just looking for enough HTML and CSS to let me build a basic Web site, which it did. But it also places the site you're building in the much more global context of the Internet, covering not just coding but buying your own domain names and selecting hosting vendors; interacting with search engines and publicizing your site; where to get free site analytics and track how it is being followed; how your site fits in (or not) with blogs and Facebook, and how to work with active content and media.

Yes, you know these things or at least know their names; so did I. But I haven't found a book that even attempts to pull all the topics into one volume you could lift without getting a hernia. So if you're proud that you're Web the book anyway and just hide it when company comes over.

Quibbles: Each of the topics covered deserves a book of its own, and there are multiple out there for any given topic; so "Creating a Web Site" is the survey'll want to deep dive with a more detailed book on the topics that interest you. As a corollary, if you're already a certified code jockey, this isn't your book and you know that already. (But while developing the code, you may not be thinking about marketing and monetizing the site, and this book can help you there.) And there are point, particularly in describing blogging and site analytics, where the author ties his discussion very closely to Google and that company's offerings. He does try to be vendor-independent in other chapters, however, and in fairness, the Google services he describes are free (my favorite price) and the discussion gives you an idea why Google is such a big player, beyond just its search engine offering.

Hidden gem: The author mentions a Microsoft product, Expression Web, as an alternative to Dreamweaver for building Web sites. When he wrote the book, Expressions Web was a product you had to buy. Subsequently, Microsoft has made it a free download. It's unclear how long they will continue to support this free product, so my strong advice is to head over to Microsoft's web site, search on "Expression Web 4" and download it while it's still free. That alone will save you a few hundred bucks and makes the book pay for itself.

Great book, even if you know the Web. And oh, yeah...I even got my Web site built using this volume alone. Highly recommended.

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